SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo believes there’s still a lot to play for with three games remaining this season.
The Tshwane side slipped to sixth place after a 10-match winless streak stretching as far back as mid-February.
But, after picking up a morale-boosting 1-0 win over TTM last Wednesday, Tembo believes they could still book a berth in the Caf Confederation Cup with a third place finish.
They have amassed 41 points after 27 outings, with fifth placed Swallows FC on the same number of points while Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows are both on 43.
“We want to win all remaining games and finish better than we did last season. The team feels we can achieve that,” Tembo told FARPost.
He is convinced his players will have the added spur of individual goals with the likes of Luke Fleurs, Sipho Mbule, Teboho Mokoena and Ronwen Williams out to seal their places in the Tokyo Olympics squad.
Bradley Grobler, who returned from a lengthy injury to score the solitary goal against TTM, is chasing the golden boot award.
“There are individual goals, some of the players would want to make it into the Olympic team, and Bradley Grobler has the golden boot award.
“So there’s still a lot for us to play for. We still have an opportunity to get a Caf spot,” added the former SuperSport defender.
Before the TTM victory, the last time they tasted victory was on 13 February 2021, when they beat Cape Town City 2-1 in Pretoria. During that detrimental spell, they lost three games and drew seven times.
“There were a few contributing factors in terms of our performances. We lost Bradley Grobler and [Thamsanqa] Gabuza and Gampani Lungu, as well as Ronwen Williams later.
“If you take out Harry Kane from Tottenham, who is their top goal scorer, goals aren’t easy to come by.
“Unfortunately, we lost Bradley and Gabuza at a very crucial time of the campaign. It affected our rhythm in terms of attacking play because we had built our attack around them.
“When you bring in other players, it takes time to get into the rhythm. In some instances, we drew games we could have won. We lacked a little bit of depth in terms of quality in our attack,” he added.
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